MPO Transport & BPFAC Projects
The Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a multi-jurisdictional planning agency responsible for multi-modal transportation planning in Las Cruces, Mesilla and part of Doña Ana County.
The BPAC is made up of members of the bicycling and pedestrian community, City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, Town of Mesilla Staff, NMDOT, and NMSU representatives. This committee provides input to the Policy Committee regarding bicycle facilities within the MPO and how they can be improved and expanded to serve residents better.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Priorities
The Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization has prepared the following plans to guide in development of future facilities
- the In-Road Bicycle Facilities Priorities Plan
- the Trail System Priorities Plan.
The Bicycle Facilities Priorities Plan is to guide in-road bicycle lane and shared use lane development. This Plan categorizes roadways into two tiers: TIER I (red lines) creates a complete network. TIER II (blue lines) builds on to the initial network and creates a more complete system.
The Trail System Plan helps guide off-road trail development. Tier I trail links provide a basic network throughout the region. Key links include extensions of the Rio Grande trail, the Outfall Channel, and the Acequia Madre. Tier II trail links provide secondary connections or long-term extensions of Tier I Trails.
2012 Transportation Improvement Program Applications
MPO TIP projects are fiscally constrained list of transportation projects that has been put together with input from citizens, local governments, and New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The MPO TIP applications are prioritized, federal & state funded, capital improvement plans scheduled over the next six years.
The MPO has developed the TRANSPORT 2040 - 2010 Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the Las Cruces, Mesilla, and Dona Ana areas. It incorporates multi-modal transportation planning, construction, operation, and maintenance for the Urbanized Area. The document provides detailed information on suggested TIP projects for pedestrian, bicycle & trail improvements (Chapter 5, Prioritized plans & projects, page 123-139).
The 2012 TIP projects are provided at http://www.las-cruces.org/Departments/Community%20Development/Sections/MPO/Programs/2012%20TIP%20Applications.aspx
Project: to redesign and reconstruction of University Avenue from I-25 to I-10 intersections (1.5 miles along NMSU) to include improved bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities. (University Ave NMSU TIP)
Project: 1.3 mile bike lane in Town of Messilla along University avenue from North Main (RT478) to Avenida de Messilla/Highway 28 Work Description: to design and install a continuous paved six foot shoulder with a four inch edge stripe for bicycle and pedestrian use on both the north and south sides of University Ave. with reconfiguration of the existing lanes as needed.